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That is a very good thought and, yes, it is possible for you to have that happen.
The history of numbness and now double vision, however, constitutes two separate issues that, when taken together in a person your age tends to point toward a diagnosis of MS.
Did you have an MRI done? And if so, did it show any white matter abnormalities? Have you had any other symptoms since the double vision and numbness started?
had an mri when it all started. first one showed lesion in brain stem but subsequent one nothing. other symptoms are my eyes bothering me and my head rocks back and forth slightly but only when i'm sitting still. very bizarre
That is the way MS can act. Weird things that, by themselves, don
't make sense but when taken together add up. Also the white lesions come and go.
If the only symptom you had was the double vision I would agree with you that it could just be a breakdown of of a phoria into a tropia (tendency for double vision into frank double vision) but given the other issues it doesn't seem that is the complete answer.
I can understand that this is a very difficult time for you since at this moment the diagnosis is not 100% sure......and no one wants this diagnosis to be sure anyway :(
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